Patients ‘dying in hospital corridors’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients are dying in hospital corridors as safety is compromised by “intolerable” conditions, doctors say. The warning has been issued in a letter to the prime minister signed by 68 senior A&E doctors, spelling out the danger patients are facing this winter. It comes as reports have emerged of people being […]

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media captionJustin Bartholomew’s family are calling for energy drinks regulation An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans a day […]

Churchill Hospital chemotherapy treatment ‘unsustainable’

Media captionTheresa May was challenged over the leaked Oxford hospital memo at Prime Minister’s Questions Cancer care at an NHS specialist hospital is becoming “unsustainable” because of staff shortages, its boss has warned. A memo to Oxford’s Churchill Hospital staff, which was leaked to The Times, said chemotherapy cycles could be cut. The memo from […]

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Image copyright Getty Images At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit. The study’s authors said […]

South Wales Police want mental health lessons for young people

Media captionNaomi Lea, 19, said she suffered mental health problems when she was at school Police have called for better mental health education in schools after a rise in young people being detained under the Mental Health Act. Some 48 children and young people were detained by South Wales Police in 2016-17, up 33% from […]

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The once-a-week pill would look much like any other regular drug capsule Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a […]

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Image copyright Getty Images Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at […]

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting more than four hours in Scotland’s accident and emergency units reached record high levels in the last week of the year. The latest weekly figures show that just 78% of patients across Scotland were seen within the target time. This was well below the Scottish government’s […]